Whether it is fighting fraud or representing Arkansas in a court of law, your Attorney General is committed to protecting and defending the interests of all Arkansans. The Attorney General is Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer and chief consumer advocate.
The Civil Department’s attorneys serve as counsel representing the State in civil courts and administrative proceedings. The Civil Department represents state agencies, officials, boards and commissions when any are named as defendants in civil lawsuits.
Community Engagement Department
The Community Engagement Department coordinates media relations, correspondence and other external communication, along with educational programs, events, publications, and outreach efforts to include mobile offices, Rutledge Roundtables and the Military and Veterans Initiative.
The Criminal Department works to keep criminals off the streets by fighting, in both State and federal court, to uphold valid convictions imposed by Arkansas judges and juries.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes violations of State and federal law involving Medicaid providers and the abuse or neglect of nursing home residents.
Attorneys draft legal opinions requested by State officials. The Opinions Department is also responsible for review of interlocal cooperation agreements, approval of popular names and ballot titles for initiatives and referendums of statewide impact and responses to requests for opinions concerning the application of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act pertaining to releasing certain employee records.
Public Protection Department
The Public Protection Department is perhaps the most visible of all the departments of the Attorney General’s Office, as its attorneys and staff directly assist Arkansans in a variety of matters. The Department houses the Consumer Protection Division, which fights deceptive trade practices in court and helps to mediate disputes between consumers and businesses. The Tobacco Division oversees the State’s compliance with the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies, and the Consumer Utilities Rate Advocacy Division is the voice of consumers as it relates to public utilities. The Department also includes the Environmental Division, an Antitrust Bureau, Charities Registration and a Health Care Bureau.
Special Investigations Division
The Special Investigations Division is comprised of certified law enforcement officers and houses the Cyber Crimes Unit, Metal Theft Prevention Program and Missing Children Services Program.
State Agencies Department
The State Agencies Department provides legal representation to more than 200 agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and other State entities.